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The Air Force District of Washington, located on Joint Base Andrews, Md., brings air, space and cyberspace capabilities to the joint team protecting the nation's capital, and supports local personnel and those serving worldwide.

Mission: Contingency Response, Ceremonial Honors, and Operational Support...Across the Nation's Capital and Worldwide

Vision: Renowned for Excellence, Prepared to Respond

Motto: Pride ... Teamwork ... Success

To learn more about AFDW read the background fact sheet here, or the Strategic Plan Trifold here. To read more about the various AFDW units click here.


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EQUAL RIGHTS | The observance recognizing Women's Equality Day was established by Joint Resolution of Congress in 1971. Women's Equality Day is observed on the 26th day of August and commemorates the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. The observance has grown to include focusing attention on women's continued efforts toward gaining full equality. (Source:
IMMERSION TOUR | Read more about Air Force District of Washington Commander Maj. Gen. Ricky N. Rupp, AFDW Command Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Yevchak, and their immersion tours among various units and elements!
IN GOOD HANDS | Check out the story Airman Magazine produced about Civil Air Patrol and the 113th Wing DC Air National Guard right here at @jointbaseandrews!
ANCHORS AWEIGH | Hearty congratulations to our own Air Force Master Sgt. Chloe Rainey, who will spend three weeks in-residence at the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy in Newport, Rhode Island, Aug. 14. AFDW Command Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Yevchak and Maj. Gen. Ricky N. Rupp, AFDW commander, stopped by to personally commend the senior non-commissioned officer, who is dual-hatted in special duty assignments as superintendent of AFDW Ceremonies and Protocol, and a member of the United States Air Force Honor Guard at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. Rainey has served in the United States Air Force for 14 years. (U.S. Air Force photos/Senior Master Sgt. J. Russell Martin) #knowyourmil #leadership #SNCO #enlistedacademy
DID YOU KNOW? | It's National Aviation Day!
WALK THIS WAY | Airmen at Joint Base Andrews started football season right today with a special walkthrough practice and visit from the Washington Redskins. The event is part of the NFL team’s continued Redskins Salutes efforts presented by USAA. For more awesome photos of the Redskins walkthrough, visit #57628399-2f45-41f0-888b-2ab9a5d4e365" target="_blank"></a> (U.S. Air Force photos/Lt. Col. John Ross) #knowyourmil #footballseason #nfl #afdwairmen #redskinssalutes #redskins
OUTTA SITE! | As part of their ongoing immersion briefings, new Air Force District of Washington Commander Maj. Gen. Ricky N. Rupp, his wife, Charlotte, new AFDW Command Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Yevchak, and his wife, Julie, stopped by Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling today for a site visit, where they met with and recognized outstanding employees. The general and chief visited the Readiness Center, Rapid Capabilities Office, Joint Air Defense Operations Center, and the U.S. Coast Guard facility. Meanwhile, their wives had a jam-packed day of their own with mission briefs at the Child Development Center III, the United States Secret Service, Military and Family Support Center, Child and Youth Center, and the One Doolittle and One Westover houses. Housing Manager Iris Jones, Corey Chambers, public works, and Dets. Jeffrey Butzin and James Dent each received special recognition coins from Rupp for their efforts. JBAB tour hosts included Col. Eries Mentzer, Lt. Col. Emil Rebik, Lt. Sean McCarthy, Bobby McCullough, and Chief Master Sgt. Ellen Jones. (U.S. Air Force photos/Capt. Jonathon M. Ashley)
POWER LUNCH | To strengthen partnerships with small businesses and increase contracting goals to develop the community, Air Force District of Washington Commander Maj. Gen. Ricky N. Rupp and AFDW Command Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Yevchak joined Joint Base Andrews&#39; 11th Wing Commander Col. Andrew Purath and Command Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Daniels at an Andrews Business & Community Alliance luncheon Aug. 12. Chaired by 11th Wing Honorary Commander Jim Estepp, the Alliance provides a critical pathway for small businesses to establish and enhance relations between JBA and local businesses through education and connectivity.
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME PLATE | Air Force District of Washington Commander Maj. Gen. Ricky N. Rupp joined his Airmen for the Salute to Service event at Nationals Park Aug. 13. The Airmen enjoyed club house hospitality, premium home plate seating, and a third inning shout out on the NatsHD Scoreboard as they waved their caps in support of the Washington Nationals, who face off against the Cincinnati Reds. Tonight’s theme? Grateful Dead! The Nationals offer premium seating in the Washington Nationals Stadium - Delta Sky 360club for select military groups and their families during every home game and attendees receive a standing ovation from fans. (U.S. Air Force photos/Lt. Col. John Ross and Master Sgt. Amaani Lyle)
REUNION | Air Force District of Washington Commander Maj. Gen. Ricky N. Rupp was honored to host CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright for an office call today. The two leaders worked together as commander and command chief of the 22nd Air Refueling Wing at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, from 2012-13. (U.S. Air Force photos/Lt. Col. John Ross)
MOVIN&#39; ON UP | On behalf of AFDW, Maj. Gen. Ricky N. Rupp and his wife, Charlotte, extend a hearty congratulations to Maj. Gen. Omar J. Jones IV, commanding general, Joint Force Headquarters – National Capital Region and US Army Military District of Washington. Jones promoted to the rank of major general during a ceremony Aug. 5 hosted by U.S. Army Gen. James C. McConville. Family, friends and colleagues gathered to celebrate on Fort Lesley J. McNair. Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region is directly responsible for the homeland security and defense of the Washington area as well as surrounding counties in Virginia and Maryland. Primarily made up of joint military units within the National Capital Region, the JFHQ-NCR assists federal and local civilian agencies and disaster response teams in the event that the capital area&#39;s security is or could be breached by acts of terrorism. The unit was officially activated on Sept. 22, 2004 and is part of the U.S. Northern Command.
DID YOU KNOW? | No matter what season, it&#39;s always time to hydrate. Performance suffers from even small amounts of dehydration, which can happen quickly with physical activity, especially in extreme climates. As measured by change in body weight: Even 1% dehydration has been shown to have a slightly negative influence on mental function -- slowed working memory, increased tension/anxiety and fatigue, and increased errors on visual vigilance. 2% dehydration has a more severe impact on mental function, mood, and fatigue. You can easily become dehydrated regardless of fitness level, body composition, or age. Drink at least 8-10 cups of water a day at regular and frequent intervals. To avoid dehydration you might have to make yourself drink even when you aren&#39;t thirsty. Cool water is the best performance fluid replacer for any physical activity that lasts less than 60–90 minutes. Water is always better than soda, energy drinks, coffee, beer or full-strength fruit juice, and equal to sports drinks for replacing the fluid you lose. Cool water is absorbed into your bloodstream quickly and has none of the drawbacks that other fluids can have. Source: (U.S. Air Force photo/Betsy Adams)
ICYMI | Watch the complete retirement ceremony in honor of United States Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and our nation&#39;s second highest-ranking military officer. Selva, the 10th Vice Chairman, retires from the Air Force after more than 39 years of honorable service. The Air Force District of Washington wishes him a happy retirement!
FOUR-STAR RETIREMENT | Air Force District of Washington Commander Maj. Gen. Ricky N. Rupp attended the retirement ceremony honoring the nation&#39;s second highest-ranking military officer, United States Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at Joint Base Andrews Hangar 3 July 31. Hosting the ceremony was U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, 19th Chairman of the The Joint Staff. Selva, the 10th Vice Chairman, retires from the Air Force after more than 39 years of honorable service. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the principal military adviser to the President, Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council, however, all JCS members are by law military advisers, and they may respond to a request or voluntarily submit, through the Chairman, advice or opinions to the President, the Secretary of Defense, or NSC. (U.S. Air Force photos/James Lotz and Master Sgt. Amaani Lyle)
GROUNDBREAKING | As work gets underway to build the new Joint Air Defense Operations Center satellite site here on Joint Base Andrews, Air Force District of Washington Commander Maj. Gen. Ricky N. Rupp and his staffers went out July 29 to inspect the location and meet with civil engineers and mission support personnel. The site will complement the main location at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in carrying out highly secure command and control operations to safeguard the skies above the nation&#39;s capital. The general also stopped to check out the updated vehicle scanner at the Pearl Harbor gate, the munitions storage area, and the Hangar 21 (Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization) complex site. The construction and improvements are part of ongoing efforts by members of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington, Air Force Civil Engineer Center, and Air Force Logistics, Installation and Mission Support directorate Detachment 5. (U.S. Air Force photos/Capt. Jonathon Ashley)
STRIKE UP THE BAND | Air Force District of Washington Commander Maj. Gen. Ricky N. Rupp, and his wife, Charlotte, attended the U.S. Air Force Band’s latest Heritage to Horizons performance at the Air Force Memorial July 26. The recurring ceremonial event features a unique set of themed concerts with events scheduled to occur monthly through August. Heritage to Horizons concerts showcase the rich history of the Air Force with impeccable demonstrations by the Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team as well as world-class music, featuring musicians from the Airmen of Note, Max Impact, Strolling Strings, Singing Sergeants, and the Ceremonial Brass Drum Line. These unique, family-friendly, and always free performances connect America with Airmen, strengthen esprit-de-corps, and build partnerships. For future performance dates, themes, and parking and shuttle information, visit Heritage to Horizons concerts: (U.S. Air Force photos/Adrian Cadiz) #knowyourmil
PLAY BALL! | Air Force District of Washington Airmen wave their red baseball caps in front of the Delta Sky360 Club as part of the Salute to Service event July 25. The Washington Nationals offer year-round experiences as thanks and quality-of-life outreach for service members and their families in the Washington region. Around the third inning, honorees are recognized on the NatsHD scoreboard and receive a standing ovation from fans. The Colorado Rockies defeated the Nats 8-7. The next Salute to Service event takes place Aug. 13 against the Cincinnati Reds. (U.S. Air Force photos/Master Sgt. Amaani Lyle)
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